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Leading Authentically: How I Preserved Culture & Values in a Large Company

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Leading authentically has always been my guiding principle, especially when steering a large company through change. Maintaining our culture and values amidst growth was challenging but essential. I focused on transparent communication, fostering a sense of community, and leading by example. By staying true to our core principles, we not only preserved but strengthened our identity. Here’s how I navigated this journey, ensuring our foundation remained unshaken.

Let’s talk about some important things you can do to create a more successful and fulfilling company culture.

First up, self-love.

It’s so important to cultivate a culture of self-love within your company. As a leader, you need to lead by example and show your employees that it’s okay to prioritize their own wellbeing. When you practice self-love, you’ll feel clearer and more focused, and you’ll be able to remove any emotional baggage that’s been holding you back. And when you encourage your team to practice self-love too, you’ll create a whole bunch of amazing leaders who are ready to take charge and make positive change happen. You can start by meditating, learning, practicing gratitude, journaling, and repeating positive affirmations.

Next, you need to figure out your purpose.

Knowing your ‘why’ as a leader will help you create a strong, resilient company that’s driven by a sense of purpose. When you understand what drives you, you’ll be able to steer your company towards its own purpose, and that’s when you’ll start to see real success. Purpose-driven companies are more successful and their employees are more resilient. When everyone in your company is on the same page and working towards the same goals, you’ll be able to overcome any obstacles that come your way.

Alignment is key.

When your company is aligned, you’ll be able to unlock your full potential. This means creating an environment of trust and working towards the same overarching goals. A culture of innovation is impossible to sustain without alignment. When everyone in your company understands the vision and mission, you’ll be able to work together as a unified whole and become a formidable player in your industry.

As a leader, I have also learnt that while working with the company we also need to work on ourself consistently.

Focus on living in the present moment.

This means being aware of your thoughts and emotions and making decisions based on what’s happening right now, rather than being influenced by past experiences or future fears. When you live in the present moment, you’ll be more in touch with your emotions and feelings, and you’ll be able to make better decisions.

When you adopt self-love, find your purpose, and create alignment throughout your organization, you’ll be able to truly thrive in your business and in life. You can thrive by communicating in a way that aligns with your company’s core values, being vulnerable, living by your values, bringing love to all your interactions, building deep relationships, investing in yourself, and focusing on doing good work without worrying too much about the results.

One of the biggest blunders organizations make is forgetting their principles. As they grow, they tend to lose sight of what made them great in the first place. They forget their values, the actions that made them successful, and the people who brought them to where they are today.

To avoid this mistake, it’s important to continually remind ourselves of our values and why they’re important. Don’t forget to invest in your culture, whether that’s hiring a human resources expert or a specialist to keep your organization on track. Remember, your culture is the heart of your company and it’s crucial to maintain it.

To make your company successful, you need to start by defining what it’s all about.

This means figuring out what you want to achieve and why you exist. Once you’ve got that nailed down, you can work on your brand identity and come up with a plan.

Your leaders need to lead the way by setting the direction and giving everyone guidance on how to get there. Make sure your team feels like they’re part of the journey by fostering ownership and letting them take the lead on some aspects.

Creating a culture of trust is key. You want your people to feel safe to share their ideas and take risks. That way, you’ll get the best ideas and innovations.

Communication is crucial.

Everyone needs to feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and feedback. Schedule regular meetings to make sure everyone is on the same page.

And finally, when you reach your goals, it’s time to celebrate! Recognize your team’s hard work and let them know that you appreciate what they’ve done. Get everyone together for a fun event to celebrate your teamwork and success.

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